Ontario, CA asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for California

Q: I own a gaming website that blogs and reviews to promote gaming companies.

My question would be am I allowed to take my own in-game screenshots and use these images on my websites to avoid copyright infringements or violations? I have scoured the internet to find a reasonable and safe way to use images from big game titles. If this is not allowed are there any way possible to use images that is specifically relevant to the game itself instead of some generic stock photo on free domains. I've tried contacting these companies directly but none of them will respond or gives a generic response that is extremely vague. I need a legal way to use images relating to these specific game without violating copyrights. Only idea I came with is using my own in-game screenshots I take personally. Please let me know if there is any other alternatives or solutions.

1 Lawyer Answer
Carrie A. Ward
Carrie A. Ward
  • Entertainment & Sports Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA

A: You will need permission from the gaming companies to use images of their game that you are using in a promotional context. Taking screenshots from your own game and then using them for commercial purposes is not advisable.

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